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BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, IU7
VOLUME LXX.— NO. 17
Farm Exodus Deserves Look,
Says Agriculture Secretary
By V. G. ROLLINS
Watauga Democrat Staff Writer
Marvin L. licLain, Assistant
Secretary of Agriculture, told an
audience of tome 330 persons here
Monday night that it ia "high time
we took a good look at the trend
of our people away from the
farma, and at the direction our
farm program ia taking."
McLain spoke at the annual
Watauga County Progress Meet
ing, sponsored by the county Rur
al Development Committee.
Watauga 1* one of three coun
ties in North Carolina and 100 in
the nation which have been select
ed as "pilot counties" in the na
tional Rural Development Pro
Dr. Walter K. Keys of Blowing
Rock presided at the meeting and
Alfred T. Adams, chairman of the
Rural Development executive
committee, welcomed the group
and reviewed the county's pro
gress under the program.
County Agent L. E. Tuckwiller
introduced distinguished guests
which included federal, district,
state, and county agriculture of
K. u. Shipley ot viias presentea
award* to various communities for
outstanding achievement in rural
development work. The Elk com
munity was the over-all winner in
the farm division, and Cove Creek
was named winner in the non-farm
The speaker was introduced by
Clyde R. Greene of Boone and
Washington, D. C., Southeastern
Area Director of the Commodity
The assistant secretary said that
less than 100 years ago 6 out of
10 Americans were engaged in
agriculture, whereas today the
ratio has dropped to 1 out of 10.
"During the past 29 or 30 Tear*,"
said McLain. "too much time,
money, energy, and political talk
has been expended on farm pro
grams that affect a relatively
small percentage of out' farm
population. It is high time we took
a good look at the direction our
farm program is taking, admit 6ur
weaknesses, and try to correct
He saia one ot tne greaiesi ad
vantages of the Rural Develop
ment program is that it "promote
a prosperous rural population that
stays on the (arm."
McLain listed the following
steps a rural community must take
in its development program.
1. Know what your problems
2. Look at your industry and
determine if it can be expanded.
Use your natural resources to the
best advantage in promoting in
3. If possible, develop new
crops and agricultural enterprises,
and utilize the crops that you have
so that you will get the most out
4. Promote growth and progress
of your schools in every way pos
sible, because (his is where your
future leaders are being trained.
9. Your leaders and your people
must be vitally interested in the
churches of your community in
order to make progress in other
5. Capitalize to the fullest on
your tourist potential, and pro
mote recreation facilities.
While it is not primarily a Fed
eral project, said McLain, the De
partment of Agriculture is leaving
.no stone unturned to give direc
tion to the Rural Development
Program. He pledged that the de
partment will utilize all resources
to aid such local progress.
"Watauga County can be proud
of the step* already taken," the
•peaker concluded, "but you have
just darted. Work with your lea
derthip, keep going with even
greater enthuaiaam, and the re
mit* will be well worth every ef
fort put Into it.
"The Department appreciates
the Job you are doing," he added,
"and much good ia going to come
Chairman Adami presented the
ana infant secretary with a country
ham at the conclusion of (he meet
The Poet Office Jfcpartment has
sent out a reminder that parcels
intended for Christmas delivery to
members of the Armed Force*
overseas should be mailed between
November 1 aad November 30, to
insare receipt in tine.
DOCTOR DONORS.—The doctors Of Watauga county visited the Bloodmobile when it was in Boone last
week and gave blood to the cause. Dr. Len Hagaman gets his blood pressure checked, as the other doctors
await their turn. From left to right the donors are Doctors William Smith, Lawrence H. Owsley, J. B.
Hagaman, Jr., Mary Michal, H. M. Cook, R H. Harmon, and Hadley Wilson, and the Rev. E. H. Lowman,
chairman of the local blood campaign, also awaits his turn at being examined before giving blood. The doc
tors of the Blowing Rock area were donors when the bloodmpbile visited there recently.
North Wilkesboro, Oct. 21—
WUkaa- tHlnn are searching for
a Watauga County man who i*
wanted for the shooting last night
of H. B. Moore of near Wilkesboro
at Bob and Jay's Truck Stop.
Ray Church of Watauga County
is the wanted man and will be
charged with assault with deadly
weapon when he is apprehended.
Sheriff Claude Billings Jr. said to
The affray occurred at 10:30
p. m. at the truA stop east of
Wilkesboro in Cairo.
Sheriff Billings gave this ac
count: Church walked into the
cafe and was evidently looking for
someone. Mr. Moore told Church
to "put down that gun." At that.
Church turned around and shot
Mr. Moore in the stomach and ran
out of the building.
Both men are in their 20's, Sher
iff Billings said.
The weapon used was a .22 cali
ber rifle. . |
Condition of Mr. Moore, who is
a patient at Wilkes General Hos
pital, was described as satisfac
Sheriff Billings said It was be
lieved Church was now somewhere
in Watauga County.
Traffic To Be
Alderman Wayne Richardson has
been appointed by the town board
to confer with Chamber of Com
merce and Merchants Association
officials on traffic problems in the
town of Boone.
One of the specific problems to
be discussed will be the advisabil
ity of placing a traffic light at the
intersection of Appalachian Street
and the Blowing Rock road, the
Nature's Autumn Spectacle
Brings Hordes To Highlands
True to prediction*, the sutumn leaves gave dawn with •
spectacular show ever the week end and brought the largest
crowds to Blowing Rock, Boone and the entire Bine Ridge Park
w«jr area ever reported.
Endless streams of automobiles snaked their way up from
Lenoir, North Wlikesboro, and other gateway, points, and the
procession continued all through the day Sunday.
At Boone and Blowing Reek travel records were broken,
and at Grandfather Mountain there had never been so many
Manager Joe Hartley believe* near C,Mt persons made the
trip to the rocky craigs of the lofty mountain. In fact, so great
a day had old Grandfather that the road had to be closed for
two hours during Sunday afternoon, because parking facilities
weren't available for any more, till others began the descent. '
The Blue Ridge Parkway had the heavteat travel la it*
bictory, it i* reported.
At Mount Mitchell State Park and on down the range to the
Great Smokie*, inch an outpouring of asi to mobiles had never
been seen. E. D. McKeowan, chief Blue Ridge Parkway ranger,
described It as "unquestionablf the record day In the history of
the Blue Ridge Parkway." State Highway patrolmen reported
some traffic Jams reached a distance of a mile.
Picnickers used all available facilities, and parking over
looka in many instances were crowded. Many out of state visitors
were to be seen, but most of the cars came from Carolina and
On Way To Schools
"The coming of cold weather has
brought to light the painful situa
tion confronting a number of
children attending the Boone
schools. Too many deserving chil
dren are coming to school too
thinly clad for the comparatively
mild weather already experienced
this fall, and these children have
no warm clothes for the winter to
These are the word* of Mrs. R.
E. Agle, as she urged participa
tion in the clothing drive which
is on to collect clothing for school
children who need it. Mrs Agle
is chairman of the welfare commit
tea of the Boone Parent Teacher*
Most urgently needed at this
time are Jackets, sweaters, jeans,
underwear, socks, caps, and scarves,
with sny clothing in wearable con
dition being needed at the school
clothing eloset. c
Mrs. Agle asked that the cloth
ing either be sent or brought to
the Boone Elementary school where
it will be distributed to those need
ing it. If no way is available to
get the clothes to the school, don
ors may call AM 44481 and ask
for Mrs. Shirley Greer, who will
send someone around to pick it up.
Two Watauga Boys Place First,
Second In Sheep-Shearing Finals
Johnny Vines and Dennis Triv
ettc, were in Rsieigh at the State
Fair last week to pick up their
prise money which they won earl
ier In the year for shearing sheep,
and to give demonstrations of their
sbility at shearing.
A cheek of (300 fa cover ex
penses to the International Live
stock Exposition in Chicago in De
cember was presented by George
Browder, manager of the J. P.
Slevens Co., which put up the prize
Vines won first place and Triv
ctte second is lite State ritecp
(hearing contest which wa* held
in Sftliabury May 11. They sheared
againat ten other eonteatanta.
Vine* ia the ion of l(r. and Mra.
W. A. Vine*, and ia a member of
the Bethel 4-H Club. He ha* com
pleted 14 4-H project*, and haa
■ flock of six ewe* at hi* home.
Hi* record* ahow that he haa
•he*red 3100 head of ab«ep in hi*
•hearing career, and he haa aaalat
ed In holding als (hearing nchoola.
Trlvette ia the aon of Mr. and
Mra. Roy Trivotte, and he has
completed nine 4-H project* Jt
Cove Crock achool. He ha* aeven
owes in hi* flock and ha« a record
of shearing 1800 bead of sheep.
He hai assisted in holding three
While in Raleigh last week they
appeared before crowds at the
fair and demonirtrated their talenu
and also made a TV appearance.
They will be accompanied to the
Livestock Exposition by their «-H
Club leader, W. C. Richardson, as
sistant county agent There they
will compete with teams from
other statea for national honor*.
Be Highlight Of Week End
The annual Homecoming festivi
ties at Appalachian State Teachers
College will be held Friday and
Saturday, October 24 and 29. A
fine program of activities has been
planned by Dr. Roy Blanton, exe
cutive aecretary of the Alumni
Association, and those who are,
Registration will be held all
Friday afternoon in' alumni head
quarters, which have been set up
in the new student lounge on the
ground floor of the cafeteria build
ing. The registration this year is
in charge of the Vernician Society,
of which Becky Bingham of Boone
is registration chairman. The re
gistration will continue also in the
same place throughout Saturday
un r riuay nigm ine ruycriiicn
will present a three-act play, "Dul
cy". The production it directed by
Miss Ruth Johnston, who came to
Appalachian this year after re
ceivuif her master's degree in
dramatic arts from the University
of North Carolina. Allialumni and
friends arc invited to attend the
play, which will be given at eight
o'clock in the college auditorium.
The annual Homecoming par
ade will take place at ten o'clock
on Saturday morning. The route
of the parade through town will
be as follows: It will begin at Wat
er Street. intersection with King
i Street (where the Buick place Is
located), through town on King
Street, turning at the intersection
of Highways 421 and 321; down
Hardin Street to Watauga Hospi
tal intersection; and then down
Appalachian Street through the
The parade chairman is Alvis
Coram. Taking part in the parade
will be many local business firms
and campus organiiations. as well
as ten bands. The bands are as
follows: Appalachian Junior High
School band directed by Perry
Watson; Drexel High School,
Katherine Siphers; Valdeae High
School, Rusaell Blevins; Rockwell
High School, William Lawson;
Granite Quarry High School, Char
les H o n e y c u 11; Hickory High
School, Louise Beam; Beaver
Creek High School, Gene Wilson;
Hudson High School, Bob Love;
Appalachian High School, 'Perry
Watson; and Appalachian State
Teachers College, William G.
Spencer. Also participating in the
parade will be the well-known
drill team of girls from ASTC, the
Appalettes, trained by Perry Watr
son of Appalachian High School.
Judges for the parade will be
designated by the Boone Chamber
of Commerce. A trophy will be
given for the best float. Many or
(Continued on page six)
To Red Cross
Rev. E. H. Lowman. Chairman
of the Red Croea Blood Program
(or the Watauga Chapter, express
ed gratification today (or what he
termed "the aplendid reaponae" of
citizens to the vialt of the Blood
"Blood", aaid Mr. Lowman, "la
a community responsibility, and
certainly our community roae to
the oecaaion when they turned out
212 atrong to fill the need for
Mr. Lowman expressed special
thanks for the cooperation of The
International ReiiJtance Company
whose employees gave such valu
able support to the program; to
the students of Appalachian State
Teachers College who- responded
to the community call; and to the
entire staff of Watauga Hospital
who responded not only a« donors,
but as workers In the campaign.
The Blowlmobilp» visit here
waa made possible through con
tributions to the United Fund, said
Grady L. Moretz, Jr.. co-chairman
of the 1997 Wataaga United Fund
campaign now la progress
PARADE FEATURE.—The Revolving Ball, entered by the Future Teacher* Club of Appalachian State
Teachers College, wai last year's winner in the float contest of the Homecoming festivities. Bob Wyke
was driver of the traetor. The several floats entered in this year's parade are expected to highlight the
Bethel Burley Graders
Third At State Fair
The Bethel School junior hurley
tobacco grading team placed third
last week at State Pair in the
tobacco grading contest. The team
la composed of Junior Winebarger,
•on of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wine
barger; Ronald Swift, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Cecil Swift; and Clifford
Farthing, ton of Mr. and Mn Vann
There were 2L teams from over
the State entered in the judging
conteit. The teams judged 20 sam
ples of burley and had 30 seconds
to judge each grade. Mr. Rich
ardson said the purpose of the con
test was to place each sample in
the grade which the federal graders
would have placed them on the
This is the first time the team
has entered a contest of this size,
and their 4-H Club leader, W. C.
Richardson, said he thought their
placing third was a "very good
The annual (all meeting of the
Southern Appalachian Historical
Aaaociation, producer of Horn in
the Weat. will be held Wednesday.
October 23, at 8:30 p. m. in the
Mountaineer Room over the Col
lege Book Store.
Members of the advisory board
and board of director* for the
coming year will be announced,
and the new board of directors
will elect officers of the aaaocia
tion at a later date.
Dr. I. G. Greer of Chapel Hill,
president, will apeak
The November civil term at
Watauga Superior Court has
been cancelled because of the
amall number of caae* on the
calendar. Court Clerk A. E.
The action waa taken, laid
Mr. South, by Chief Juatice J.
The next civil term will be
held In April, It la noted. There
will be criminal tenia in Jan
uary and April. ,
Walter F. Watson of San Diego,
Calif., formerly of Deep Gap and1
R. F. D. mall carrier at that time,
is visiting relatives in the county
while here on vacation.
He has been employed and under
Civil Service for the laat twenty
years as senior leading man gard
ner at Naval Hospital of San Diego.
Greene Buick, Inc., of Boone has
anounced plani to hold the "Grind
Opening" of their new building to
coincide with the fifst showing of
the IMS Buick automobiles on
Tuesday, October 29.
Refreshments will be served and
gifts presented to all who attend
the event, the owner, George C.
Greene, has announced.
The new 8,290 sq. ft. brick
building, located on Highway 421
tween Boone and Perkinsville,
s a large (40 x 30 ft.) glass-en
closed showroom with, a suite of
offices opening off it.
The shop and parts departments
has 8,00Q sq. ft. of working space,
and there are 12 drive-in entrance*
to the shop, six on each side.
The property has 17S feet of
road frontage, with ample parking
facilities and a spacious used car
The management announces a
complete service and repair de
partment for Buick owners, as well
as all other makes of cars, and
plans have been completed to In
stall a modern body shop
Gasoline Prices Fake Tumble
A general price reduction of
4 to • cenU per gallon on all
brands ot gaiollne went Into
effect at Watauga county icrvtce
In nMat case* regular gas was
reduced from NJ to til, while
premium gradea went from 11.1
■nd 34.9 t« 29.9 and 31.9 '
Dealer* and distributor* con
tacted preferred to call it a
•reduced market" rather thaa
a "price war." and aaM they did
not anticipate a repetition of the
draatic reductiona which awept
over the (tale for a short time
during the put nummer.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th
12:00- 5:00—Reparation—Alumni Headquarters, Student Lounge in Basement of Cafo
8:00—Player after* Present A Three-Act Play—"Dulcy" ' ♦
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th.
11:30—Alumni Luncheon—Elementary School Cafeteria
Plates: Adults 91.25; Children 50c
1:30—Pre-game Show—College Field
2:00—Football Game—Appalachian vs. Emory-Henry
4:30—Coffee Houf—Alumni Headquarters
9:00—Alumni Dance—Music by the APPATONES
Health and Physical Education Building
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE—Remaining Games
Oct. 28—Emory-Henry—Homecoming—at Boone J. L.... 2:00 P. M.
Nov. 2—East Carolina at Greenville r 8.00 P. M.
Nov. B—Guilford at Guilford - - — 2:30 P. M.
Nov. 18—Tampa at Tampa ..^ppOP.
NOTICE w kJb '
If you plan to attend Homecoming please let us know the number of plates to i
tiw luuchcon (adults and children). : 'M